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Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture "Terra di Vulcano"


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Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture "Terra di Vulcano": a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture "Terra di Vulcano"

Aglianico wines have been made in the Basilicata region of Italy since at least the 6th century B.C. Aglianico del Vulture (called so after nearby Mount Vulture, pronounced roughly as vul-TOO-ray) derives its distinct nature from the highly volcanic soil of the region, hence Bisceglia's tag for this wine "Terra di Vulcano". Because the Basilicata region is poor and somewhat obscure, Aglianico is not as well-known a wine as, say, Nebbiolo or Sangiovese, but critics feel it is right up there in quality with those.

The Bisceglia "Terra di Vulcano" wine is Bisceglia's entry-level Aglianico. It sees no wood, being aged entirely in stainless steel, so its tannins are going to be notably lower than its typically very aggressive big brothers that get oak aging.

Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture "Terra di Vulcano" is quite widely available in the U.S. market; retail prices run from $11 to $22, averaging (per Wine Searcher Pro) about $14. That is a flat-out steal for an Aglianico del Vulture if the wine is any good at all. So, is it?


Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture "Terra di Vulcano": Tasting Impressions

Yes, it is. We found a medium to full body, with a nose mainly of raspberry, but with subtleties and complexities; the flavors follow through, with rich, deep, dark red-fruit qualities, and just the right amount of acidity. As expected, the tannins were mild, and in consequence the wine drinks very nicely even young.

This may not be a world-beater, but it is really nice drinking, and for the price it is in "buy by the case" (and maybe two) territory, arguably as good as or better than wines twice its price. Highly recommended.


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